Millionaire Live: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Play the TV game show yourself with this weekly trivia game.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls, and follows the same rules as the TV game show. It also has a host who explains the rules, though it helps if you're familiar with the show.

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This game is connected to the TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and is designed to promote the show. When waiting to play, the app will show ads for the show as well as for Jimmy Kimmel Live (Kimmel is hosting the new celebrity version of the show). There is also a link for the regular Millionaire game app on the front page if you load this game on an off day.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Millionaire Live: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is a virtual version of the TV show for iOS and Android devices. Like the show, it's safe for all ages and has no questionable content. But it does run ads for the show and for Jimmy Kimmel Live while you're waiting to play (Kimmel is the host of the current version of the show), and if you load the app on an off day you'll see a link to the regular Millionaire game app. This game's also, obviously, designed to promote the show. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Like the TV game show that inspired it, MILLIONAIRE LIVE: WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE is a live trivia contest which runs on Wednesday nights after Who Wants to be a Millionaire airs on ABC on the East Coast, and two hours before it airs on the West Coast. It follows the same rules as the game show, with you answering multiple choice questions that get increasingly difficult, and you can even win money by successfully getting questions right.

Is it any good?

For anyone who didn't pass the audition, this live trivia show gives you a chance to become someone who has a chance to have more money than when they started. Like the TV show of the same name, Millionaire Live: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is a trivia contest in which you have to answer multiple choice questions that get progressively tougher until you get knocked out because you didn't know about Spanx. Or something else that's obscure. You even have three life lines that are somewhat similar to the show. Though instead of "phoning a friend," it reduces the options from four to two. You're also competing live against other people playing this game at the same time (about 30,000 when this game was played). Even cooler, if you win, you could win actual, real money.

Of course, it's not a perfect translation. For one thing, you could cheat by using another computer to Google an answer, or you could ask a friend or family member, though it would be tough since you only have a few seconds to input your answer. It also doesn't help that the host isn't as funny as Regis, current host Jimmy Kimmel, or the version of herself in her own head. You also can't play this on your own for practice (though there's a regular Millionaire app for that), and it's only available on Wednesday nights at 11:00PM on the East Coast after the show airs or at 8:00PM on the West Coast, two hours before the show's on. Still, for a quick fix after you watch the show -- or, uh, two hours before it comes out -- Millionaire Live: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is a fun trivia contest that could pay off big time.

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  • Families can talk about advertising. Before the live game begins, Millionaire Life: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire runs ads for the show and for Jimmy Kimmel Live, but does it annoy you that even this app has ads for the show? Doesn't it seem like overkill?

  • Clearly, Millionaire Life: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is made to promote the show, but does that bother you? Would it bother you less if you won and got some sweet, sweet cash?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 16, 2020
  • Category: Trivia Games
  • Size: 287.40 MB
  • Publisher: Sony Pictures Television
  • Version: 2.6.6
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
  • Last updated: October 20, 2020

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